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A Stranger at Green Knowe Paperback – April 1, 2002

4.7 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews
Book 4 of 6 in the Green Knowe Series

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"Superb and thrilling."--New York Herald Tribune Book Review

About the Author

LUCY MARIA BOSTON (1892-1990) purchased a ramshackle manor house near Cambridge, England, in 1935, which over a period of two years she lovingly restored. It is this house that inspired her, at the age of sixty-two, to take pen in hand and create the beloved Green Knowe series.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 5
  • Series: Green Knowe
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Sandpiper; 1 edition (April 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152025898
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152025892
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.5 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #841,153 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Chrijeff VINE VOICE on September 25, 2003
Format: Paperback
This book is a sport: it's the only volume in the Green Knowe series in which magic makes no appearance--unless you count as magic a peculiar almost-friendship between Hanno, a gorilla escaped from the London Zoo, and the 11-year-old Chinese refugee boy, Ping, who appeared in the previous volume and is inexplicably drawn to the ape upon first viewing him in his cage. Ping's friend Ida undertakes to write Mrs. Oldknow, who is alone in the old Norman manor while Tolly spends the summer with his father and stepmother in Scotland, and ask if she would consider inviting Ping back to stay with her--which she does. He's still en route when he learns of Hanno's escape from the zoo. At first everyone assumes the gorilla is somewhere in Regents Park, but by a peculiar twist of fate he ends up in the "thicket" at one end of the manor garden just as Ping is exploring it.
Green Knowe books are best when Tolly and Mrs. Oldknow are both present, and at least this volume includes one of them, but the lack of anything supernatural seems to put the book out of kilter with the rest of the series, even though it's the most often recommended after the opening volume. Written at a time when gorillas were first being seriously studied and understood, it suggests that the author was herself so fascinated by them that she decided, willy-nilly, to write a book about them, and couldn't think of any place to put one except at Green Knowe. It's also, ultimately, a rather sad book, with an inevitably tragic climax, even though Ping does find a home with Mrs. Oldknow in the end. It *is* necessary to have read it in order to understand part of what happens in the following volume, but it should definitely not be read as an introduction to the series, since it has very little in common with them but its setting.
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I had the great advantage of reading this book first before reading any of the other Green Knowe books. I had no preconceived ideas of what a Green Knowe book ought to be like. This was a real animal story - one of the best children's animal stories ever written. And it is SO sensitively written. I loved every moment, have read it many times and have given a copy to every one of my nieces and nephews for Christmas when they reached a suitable age to enjoy it.

The story shows the lives of two refugees, with many parallels in their lives. One is a young human torn form an Asian rainforest - the other is a young gorilla torn from the rainforests of Africa.
It will put you off concrete surfaces for life.
I then went on to read the other Green Knowe stories and was drawn mostly to the one called Enemy at Green Knowe. Why? Because that's the one where the gorilla from "Stranger" is called briefly back to life.
No child should grow up without Stranger on their shelves. And many of the others from this series also.
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The Green Knowe series is absolutely excellent! You just can't put these books down once you start reading them. Very entertaining, great character development and lots of excitement. I recommend this book and the entire series to anyone who likes to lose themselves in a magical fantasy world that seems so real.
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I first read these in grade school, and checked the same books out from the library over the years from time to time. They are bittersweet fantasy, sweet and beautifully written. Tolly's and Ping's and Ida's and Oskar's adventures are timeless, set in the same timeless English manor house the author lived in. I consider these a necessary series of fantasy literature, good for children of all ages.
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The fourth book in L. M. Boston's Green Knowe series is a step away from the usual formula. Tolly is absent once more, though luckily Mrs Oldknow has returned in time to receive a letter from young Ida, (from "The River at Green Knowe") asking her if her friend Ping might stay with her in her mysterious, magically inclined house. Missing Tolly, Mrs Oldknow agrees, and soon Ping, a young Burmese orphan and refugee, is happily exploring Toseland Thicket at Green Knowe.
But the story begins long before this, in the Congo, where a young gorilla is separated from his family and captured in order to make the long journey from his tropical home to the concrete realm of the Zoo. In one of the most evocative descriptions of gorilla life and enviroments I've ever read, Boston sets the scene for the story to come with descriptions such as: "even at noon the jungle is like a heavily curtained room", and "thunderstorms worthy of the beginning of the world". If you have discovered Boston's incredible use of language in her previous books, then this one won't fail to disappoint.
When Ping and Hanno the gorilla first meet at the Zoo, there is an instant connection bordering on the spiritual. It therefore seems almost fate that when Hanno goes missing from the Zoo (escaping via a clumsily locked door) it is at Toseland Thicket that Ping finds him. Drawing on what must have been carefully researched facts about gorillas and their lives (not suprising since the book was written when gorillas were first being seriously studied), Boston creates an utterly realistic bond between boy and gorilla.
But an escaped gorilla is big news, and the authorities cannot be drawn away for long, despite Ping's best efforts.
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